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Hear Our Voices: Case Study Connecting Under-Represented Communities to Research and Legislators on Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation

Authors:

  • Huda Ahmed
  • Khalid Adam
  • Karen Clark
  • Felicia Wesaw
  • Sarah Gollust
  • Marilyn S. Nanney

Abstract

Although research indicates the built environment influences the walkability of a geographic region among a general population, less is known about the built-environment influences among communities that face health and socio-economic disparities. Built-environment initiatives like Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation that do not take into account the unique assets/barriers of these communities can inadvertently widen disparities. With a health equity lens, this project focused on bridging information gaps that exist between underserved communities, research, and health policy-making. Community listening sessions focusing on Safe Routes to School/Active Transportation were held in the spring of 2014. Over 180 participants from some of Minnesota’s communities of color (Native American, Somali/Oromo, and LGTBQ Two-Spirit) generated recommendations for policy and program decision- makers. These recommendations illustrated that in addition to the built-environment Safe Routes to School/Active Transportation address, public safety concerns needed to be addressed for successful implementation of Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation in their communities.
  • Year: 2015
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Page/Article: 59-64
  • DOI: 10.54656/PODT2467
  • Published on 1 Aug 2022